Sunday, September 13, 7 pm
Cold River Radio Show live with Stephen Russell Payne , author of Cliff Walking at Theater in the Woods. Tickets are $25 on sale at White Birch Books.
The Cold River Radio Show is a quintessential old-time radio show featuring exclusively New England based artists, performers, authors and storytellers. We’re selling tickets at the store and we’ll be selling books at the show for Vermont author STEPHEN PAYNE, who will be talking about his new book, CLIFF WALKING.
Set on the rocky and at times unforgiving coast of Maine, Payne’s emotionally powerful debut novel shares a poignant tale of loss and love that weaves together the lives of three desperate people who struggle mightily to find a way to save each other.
Kate Johnson is a recovering addict from California, married to a cunning, cruel man named Leland Johnson. When she gathers the strength to escape her hellish life, she leaves with her bright, artistic twelve-year-old son, Stringer, crossing Canada as stowaways on a freight train. They eventually find their way to Winter’s Cove, a provincial town on the coast of Maine.
Francis Monroe is a famous Maine seascape artist whose wife died windsurfing on the bay in front of their bungalow the year before, after losing her battle with breast cancer. Emotionally paralyzed since her death, Francis has been haunted both by her loss and his subsequent inability to paint. When Stringer appears at Francis’s bungalow, the meeting triggers events that dramatically alter the course of their lives.
Thrust into a life-threatening altercation, Stringer is forced to take action, and ends up facing felony charges. As Stringer and his loved ones do battle with the local sheriff and the politically aspiring state’s attorney, the citizens of Winter’s Cove have to navigate their own deep-seated prejudices, their beliefs about family and community, and the painful necessity to reexamine justice in their town.